It seems our alternative look ahead to the 2017 season ruffled a few feathers when it was published a week or so ago, mainly of the Salford Red Devils supporters.
At the Alternative Angle we like to keep to peace and as such we offer to personally write a letter of apology to the club’s hardcore support. If the six season ticket holders would like to e-mail us their details, we will be happy to oblige. As it goes, the majority of club’s supporters took the preview how it was intended, as a different, tongue in cheek look at the world of rugby league. Much like the goose that invaded the field at the recent Keighley-Bradford friendly, we’re not shifting!
The Big Rebrand
The RFL and England RL have recently undergone a rebrand, with new logos produced as part of a new ‘visual identity’. The new look is smart, modern and slick, it’s just a shame that the ‘visual identity’ and the actual identity don’t match, with the RFL still ran by inept dinosaurs running the game into the abyss. I like to compare it to the perfume you get offered from Knock off Nigel down the local boozer, it looks the real deal but behind the image it’s a complete let down. Nobody knows how much this new ‘visual identity’ cost, but with clubs struggling financially and the amateur game needing a boost, surely the funds would have been better spent elsewhere.
It’s been a flurry of exciting news being announced from the Red Devils recently. They have revealed their away jersey for the upcoming middle 8’s campaign, as well as announcing that they will be the club to pay Todd Carney’s medical fees for the 2017 season. They also got a very impressive win over challenge cup winners Hull FC at the weekend, raising the expectation levels amongst the supporters and sending shirt sales through the roof by Salford’s standards. At press, the club had sold 14 replica jerseys, setting a new record.
Delusion At Headingley
Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott is a tough bloke, it’s the reason I head a ‘McDermott Out’ campaign online only and shake his hand and tell he’s doing great if ever we cross paths in person. A former marine and amateur boxer as well as a lynchpin of the ferocious Bradford pack, it seems that all the bumps to the head are catching up with Mac. He recently announced that his side want to win the treble in 2017. A big ask, considering they played like they barely knew each other at times last year. It’s hard to see Leeds lifting any of the main silverware this year, so McDermott must have his eyes on a different treble. The recent win over Hunslet won them the Harry Jepson trophy, victory over Leigh this season will see them keep the Bev Risman trophy and if they can retain the middle 8’s minor premiership then Brian would have kept good on his word.
Extended Pre-Season At Widnes
Following the news that Joe Mellor will miss the opening two months of Super League, Denis Betts has confirmed that he has asked the RFL for an extended pre-season, saying his club will join the competitive action at the middle 8’s stage.
“With Kev (Brown) jumping ship we were always going to be up against it anyway. Now losing Joe it’s an inevitability that we’ll finish 12th. I think it’s better for us and the rest of the teams in Super League if we just start from the middle’s. Deidre the tea lady has put her hand up to play in the halves but we just can’t find space for her on the salary cap.” Betts may or may not have said.
NRL reject Joe Burgess found himself virtually burned this week, after getting into a Twitter spat with a fan. The incident occurred following an ill thought out Super League countdown by, surprise surprise, Rangi Chase. The Cas man used a video of his tackle that led to a 12 month layoff for Wigan’s Dom Manfredi to show his excitement that the competition was on it’s way back, leaving Manfredi and Burgess seething. Supporters from both sides got involved and it escalated to Burgess telling Twitter user @shaunywood21 to ‘zip it ya rat before I take ya bird off ya.’ Charming right? Wood hit back with the perfect response, telling Burgess he’d be lucky to get any female companionship in Wigan, never mind anywhere else. Morale of the story? You can’t use stealing girlfriends as an insult when you look, well, when you look like Joe Burgess.